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Leicester Striker Jamie Vardy Named FWA Footballer of the Year

jamie-vardyLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s cinderella season rolls on as he has been voted Footballer of the Year for the 2015-16 season by the Football Writers’ Association.

The 290year-old Vardy topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36 percent of the vote, a clear winner ahead of teammates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.

Mahrez was named the PFA’s Footballer of the Year last month, and it is the first time that two players from the same club have claimed both awards in the same season since Everton’s Neville Southall and Peter Reid in 1985.

The England international has scored 24 goals for club and country so far this season as the Foxes close in on what would be a remarkable Premier League title triumph. They will be crowned champions should closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur fail to beat Chelsea on Monday evening.

“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players. Thank you to the Football Writers’ Association and to everyone that voted” said Vardy

“Thank you also to my teammates, who are the reason I’ve been able to achieve anything. It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting. Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support.

“We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we’ll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer.”

Jamie Vardy Season By The Numbers
5 – Premier League goals scored BEFORE this season.
6 – Vardy’s assists in the Premier League this season, also the number of yellow cards he has received.
11 – Consecutive games with a goal scored, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.
22 – Vardy’s goals in the Premier League this season. Header (2), Right foot (16), Left Foot (4).
28 – The number of goals he has been involved in, joint-top with Riyad Mahrez.
104 – The striker’s number of shots this season – 49 on goal